Mitochondria: what they are and how they can make us sick

by Miriam Valera-Alberni Mitochondria: the tiny energy producers of the cell Every human is made of an estimated 37 million cells, each of which contain compartments known as ‘organelles’, specific subunits with unique functions. While the nucleus provides the genetic instructions to the cell, mitochondria are key to bioenergetics and metabolism of the organism. Even though they are essential to keep us alive, mitochondria were … Continue reading Mitochondria: what they are and how they can make us sick

Will better toxicity testing sound death knell for animal experimentation?

By Wayne Carter, University of Nottingham

Well it won’t, completely, but it may go some way to reduce the number of animals used in drug development.  Drugs need to undergo extensive safety and toxicity testing before being made available to the public on the shelves of a pharmacy.

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